From a third grade girl:

"There are some things I LIKE about D (a third grade boy) and some things I DON'T."

Me - "What don't you like?"

"He bothers me. He follows me. He calls me names. He won't stop when I ask him to"

Me- "What do you like about him?"

"He's my friend!"

FRIEND - such a powerful word!


A tearful kindergartner came up to me, sad that her best friend wouldn't play with her. In an attempt to help, I asked who her best friend was.  Her answer made it a little difficult to help - "I don't remember her name"....

Made me think perhaps sometimes adults put too much emphasis on getting to know all the pesky little details about our friends.